Two Eastern Conference teams battle it out on the hardwood in Indiana for postseason seeding. The Atlanta Hawks will be playing the Indiana Pacers on the road on Friday night.
Trae Young READY, Tyrese Haliburton OUT for Hawks vs. Pacers
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- The Hawks
Atlanta’s loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday was their sixth straight and seventh in their last eight games. The Hawks were 2.5 games behind the division-leading Heat as of Thursday, when they had a 19-22 record.
They needed to stay a game ahead of Toronto just to make the playoffs in the East, and they were 3.5 games behind the Knicks for the final guaranteed spot.
The Hawks expect to score a lot of points against the Bucks because they are the eleventh-best scoring offense in the league.
With 27.5 points and 9.8 assists per game, Trae Young is the team’s leading scorer and distributor this year.
Injury Report for the Hawks
|Tyrese Martin||SG||Thu, Jan 12||Lower Body||Game Time Decision|
|Clint Capela||C||Thu, Jan 12||Calf||Expected to be out until at least Jan 14|
- The Pacers
The Indiana Pacers lost their second game in a row and seventh in a row to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
They trailed first-place Boston by seven games and were tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference with the New York Knicks.
Indiana averages 115.6 points per game as a team, good for 10th in the NBA. The Indiana Pacers are led in scoring by Tyrese Haliburton, who averages 20.2 points and 10.2 assists per game.
Injury Report for the Pacers
|Kendall Brown||SF||Thu, Jan 12||Lower Leg||Expected to be out until at least Jan 16|
|Daniel Theis||C||Thu, Jan 12||Knee||Expected to be out until at least Jan 16|
|Oshae Brissett||SF||Thu, Jan 12||Hamstring||Game Time Decision|
|Aaron Nesmith||SF||Thu, Jan 12||Illness||Game Time Decision|
|Tyrese Haliburton||PG||Thu, Jan 12||Knee||Expected to be out until at least Jan 27|
|Myles Turner||C||Thu, Jan 12||Back||Game Time Decision|